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Caribbean leaders meet during the Summit Cuba-Caricom, Havana, Cuba, Dec 8, 2014 (AP photo by Ismael Francisco).

Out of Benefactors From Abroad, Cuba Turns to Its Caribbean Neighbors

Friday, March 3, 2017

Just when the United States seems to be retreating from competition in global markets, and possibly even NAFTA, socialist Cuba is moving in the opposite direction. With the signing late last month of a new trade agreement with the 15 countries of the Caribbean Community, or CARICOM, Cuba is looking to capitalize on trade and economic links with its neighbors.

The feeling is mutual. The Caribbean countries have begun to see Cuba in a different light following the start of the normalization of relations between Havana and Washington and the prospect of the U.S. lifting, or at least relaxing, its Cuban embargo. Instead of their old view of Cuba as a threat, Caribbean countries are coming around to seeing the country as an economic opportunity. ...

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